September 30, 2013 at 7:17 AM
Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington
A commercial experiment
Much has been written, largely by opponents of I-522, arguing that there is, as of now, no measurable difference in the nutritional value of genetically modified foods compared to organic foods. [“GMO labeling campaigns raising near-record money,” page one, Sept. 5.]
This is a red herring. The real issue is whether or not the public shall have the right to decline to participate as guinea pigs in a huge (but profitable) experiment in human nutrition, the effects of which, like smoking (endorsed by doctors in the past), may be unknown for years.
I believe the public should have the right to choose whether or not to participate in any experiment, whether scientific or commercial.
Bill Appel, Seattle
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